Dance Lesson Essentials, All You Need to Know for Your First Lesson

So you scheduled your first lesson! Congratulations on making the decision to add a little fun to your life and try dancing! Whether you have a wedding to prepare for, have been wanting to try something new or the idea of dancing popped into your mind that you scheduled your lesson, what do you do? Read on for a few essentials on how to prepare for your first lesson!

Coming into a new activity or environment can be exciting, but also cause anxiety. You could be asking yourself questions like “What are they going to ask of me?” or “Do I need special dance attire...because I sure don’t have a tutu and I just donated all my spandex?” Have no fear all you need is right here!


Bring a pair of dance shoes

Yes there are special dance shoes you can buy, but what we are talking about for your first lesson are the shoes you would wear if you were going out for a night on the town. If you like shopping for shoes by all means feel free to buy a pair for your first lesson, but otherwise you may already have what you need in your closet.

Dance Attire

The kind of dance you will be learning will be for more practical purposes such as weddings, night clubs, concerts or just dancing in the kitchen, so we encourage you dress as you would if you were going out for a night on the town or the event you are preparing for.

Bottle of Water

Hey, you might work up a sweat, so bring along some hydration. Don't worry, if you don't come prepared with water your teacher will gladly provide you with some.


Probably one of the most important parts of your preparation is your calendar.  Bring you calendar along with you so you can find time to continue to build on your dance education. You made the decision to dance, so why not give it your best effort. If you do, the time you spend learning to dance will pay dividends for years to come.

What to know when you arrive:

Fill out paper work

You will be greeted by our fabulous administrative assistant who will help get you acclimated to the studio. The administrative assistant will provide you with the appropriate registration paperwork to fill out prior to your lesson and introduce you to the New Student Director.

Meeting the New Student Director

The New Student Director will ask a few questions to learn about what you want to gain on your first lesson, fill you in on how we teach, the particulars of what people do after the first lesson and introduce you to your instructor!

Learning the Essentials

Your instructor’s main priority is to show you that learning to dance can be fun, quick and easy, and this will be done by showing you the components of dance.

Move to Music

This will probably be the coolest part of the lesson...when the music comes on and you are moving to the music.  All of a sudden, any doubt about dancing fades away.

Keep an Open Mind

For some, this is their first time successfully moving to music and that is an amazing feeling. So throw caution to the wind (or, as best you can) and have fun with it!


With this outline you now know how to prepare and what to expect. Feel a little more confident with what is in store, and you can now prepare to embark on your own dance adventure!



Share your experience below if you have lived through your first dance lesson. Or, if you have not had yours yet, let us know what you are most excited to get from your first dance encounter! 

Keep on dancing!